Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Sunday Globe Special: Brief Hangover

Be careful driving home:

"An 81-year-old man was struck and killed on the Massachusetts Turnpike while trying to exchange information with a driver after a minor collision Friday night, State Police said in a statement. Arkloo Wong, of Watertown, was driving westbound at around 11 p.m. in a 1998 Honda Accord when he got into a minor accident with a 73-year-old man driving 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis, the statement said. The pair pulled their vehicles over to the side of the highway to exchange insurance information when a 2010 Volkswagen driven by 30-year-old Joseph Coury, of Brighton, struck Wong, the statement said. Wong was pronounced dead at the scene. Coury was taken to Beth Israel Hospital for treatment, and the driver of the Mercury Grand Marquis was not hurt, the statement said. No charges have been filed, and the crash is still being investigated, State Police said."

Where were they coming from?

"A 48-year-old North Andover woman was arrested Friday evening on charges of distributing alcohol to minors at a house party, where she was charging an entrance fee, police said. Patricia Frank is accused of hosting a party at her Woodcrest Drive house that more than 50 teenagers attended, including her two children, according to police. Officers went to the house after receiving complaints that underage people were drinking. Frank is expected to be arraigned Tuesday in Lawrence District Court on charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, procuring alcohol for a person under 21, and keeping a disorderly house, police said in a statement." 

Globe replaced that with something else or is it just the groggy blur of a house party gone bad?

"Police said pickup truck driver was charged with drunken driving after crashing head-on with a police car. Neither driver had any serious injuries in the Friday night crash in Glocester. Police said David Deschepper, 50, was charged with driving under the influence and refusing to submit to a chemical test. He was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. Police said Sergeant Kimberly Bertholic was going east on Putnam Pike around 10:15 p.m. when the westbound pickup crossed the center line and struck her cruiser. The 16-year-veteran officer was treated and released from Rhode Island Hospital. Deschepper is to appear in court on April 8 (AP)."

"A Maine man with a history of mental illness plans to use an insanity defense when he is tried on charges he mailed deadly cyanide to a man in England who used it to kill himself. The attorney for Sidney P. Kilmartin, 52, of Windham, filed the notice of the intent to use the insanity defense on Friday in US District Court in Bangor. Jury selection in the case is scheduled to begin May 5. Kilmartin has pleaded not guilty to charges of mailing cyanide that resulted in the death of Andrew Denton, a depressed 49-year-old man in Hull, England, who was found dead on Dec. 31, 2012. The Portland Press Herald reports Kilmartin had previously been committed to the Riverview Psychiatric Center in Augusta (AP)."

Was it in the drink?

Globe must have blacked out.